Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

College of Health Sciences

Program Overview

The program is designed as an intense 2-year program. The first year focuses on experiential learning with supportive didactic coursework. The second year focuses on academics and completion of a Master’s Thesis. The first year covers a period of 44 weeks with 1436 hours of supervised practice in health care and research facilities in Rhode Island including a 1-week orientation, one 8-week rotation covering food service management, one 9-week community nutrition rotation (6 weeks EFNEP, SNAP-Ed, 1-week in a private practice setting, 1-week long term care, 3-days outpatient dialysis and 1-day high risk prenatal), a 12 week general medical nutrition therapy rotation, 10 weeks of advanced clinical rotations (6 weeks advanced medical nutrition therapy including critical care, 2 weeks of staff relief, 1 week preparation for staff relief, and 1 week nutrition support), a 1-week elective rotation and 132 hours of applied nutrition research working with a faculty member leading to completion of a Master’s Thesis Proposal.

The program provides general dietetic experience with a concentration in applied nutrition research. At the completion of the internship, students demonstrate satisfactory performance of 40 competencies. Students who enter the internship with significant prior experience will be evaluated on an individual basis and standard rotations may be modified or eliminated. Interns must satisfactorily complete all supervised practice rotations meeting all competencies as well as all requirements for the Master of Science degree before receiving a Verification Statement. This Verification Statement documents their completion of the experience necessary to take the Dietetic Registration Examination and to submit an application for licensure as a Dietitian/Nutritionist certified to practice in Rhode Island. The Dietetic Internship at the University of Rhode Island is accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education, American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040, ext. 5400, Website: The first year in the 2-year program covers a 44-week span from the end of August to the beginning of July including state holidays and three weeks of vacation. The second year follows the academic calendar which can be found on the URI website

The Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences provides areas of specialization in nutritional status and health behavior of high risk population groups; dietary behavior change to reduce chronic disease risk; nutrition issues related to aging and weight management; diet and exercise; energy and macronutrient metabolism; metabolic regulation and energy balance and lipid metabolism.

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